My words are easy to understand, easy to practice, yet so few practice them. My words originate in the origin, the motions of the universe itself. Yet so few follow my words, so few follow The Way of the creative universe. Those who know are rare, a treasure. Even dressed in rags, these few are … More Daodejing 70
It’s wiser to be a guest than a host. It’s wiser to retreat a foot than advance an inch– this is advancing without aggression; this is vigilance without weapons; this is victory without fighting. No disaster is greater than thoughtless violence. Doing just the opposite wins every time.
There are gifts that come of breathing, that come of blood driving through veins, no charge. Just being. One is the noise of existence. Another is when the noise stops. After the theater of the self has closed; after the season of the self goes to reruns, music begins, slow, … More Seeing, from the Cheap Seats
Wise leaders act without aggression— no anger, no attacking. Wise leaders act without assumption, bringing out the best in others. Action without aggression is in harmony with all that is. Therefore it convinces others. It is the ancient path of unity.
Everyone knows The Way of the creative universe is true, yet everyone calls its teachings impossible. It’s impossibility is its truth. I have three treasures— humbleness, moderation, love. With humbleness I can live without expectations. With moderation I can be generous. With love I can be brave. Too often we forget … More Daodejing 67